Ghanaian gospel musician, Patience Nyarko, has criticized Nigerian celebrity, Hilda Baci, over her comments regarding the difference between Ghana and Nigeria’s Jollof.
According to her, there is no way Nigeria can come close to Ghana in terms of whose food is best because the foods prepared by Ghanaians far outweigh that of other African countries in terms of richness.
She stated emphatically that Ghana jollof is much more flavored and richer as compared to the Nigerian one due to how Ghanaians prepare it and it has no competitor in Africa and beyond.
Patience Nyarko slammed Hilda Baci and warned her to desist from making such comments in public.
“In the whole of Africa, Ghanaian foods are the best. Some of us have traveled to other countries and the food that is served, if you are not careful you might vomit, even the way they prepare the food. What is Hilda saying, that Nigeria’s jollof is better than ours? Theirs is full of oil, while ours is dry and rich. They call soup stew, you can’t even differentiate. She shouldn’t bring herself; we like her for her achievement, I mean a woman who is able to challenge herself.
“But when it comes to Ghana food, she should stay there. I went to Nigeria and I gave a pastor some Waakye to eat and it seemed like he had not eaten it before because she did not know what it was.”Patience Nyarko
Her reaction comes after Hilda Baci commented on the difference between Ghanaian and Nigerian jollof in terms of flavor.
According to the former Guinness World Record Holder, Ghanaian Jollof, unlike Nigerian Jollof, is mild in flavor.
“I have been to Ghana and I have eaten the Jollof; I have done competition with a Ghanaian chef… that was his best representation of Ghanaian jollof, and I have seen the recipe, not one, you guys have quite a number; the tolo beef one. It is pretty much Jollof but it is made with beef,” Hilda Baci said.
“But let me tell you because I wasn’t there and I don’t have a lot of information; I cannot say why this is but with Nigerian jollof, Nigerians don’t play with flavor building,” she further stated.
Ghanaians and Nigerians over the years have been battling for supremacy in terms of who has the best Jollof recipe.
Hilda Baci rose to prominence this year, after breaking a Guinness World Record by engaging in a 93 hours 11 minutes cook-a-thon. Her record has since been broken by Irish Chef Alan Fisher with 119 hours 57 minutes.
Reaction To ‘Making Gospel Events Free’ Comment
Patience Nyarko believes that what Rev. Abraham Lamptey said about making worship events free for patrons is laudable but there are lots of costs involved.
It would be recalled that the General Overseer of the Believers House of Worship International, Rev. Abraham Lamptey was reported to have said gospel events should be free for patrons to attend and worship God, adding that God has no price tag.
“I believe everything should be made free. Nothing should prevent worshippers from coming to the house of God. I agree with him that anything concerning Jesus Christ should be made free but where is the money?” she quizzed.
“It doesn’t matter the artist billed on the program. Whether an A-list Gospel act or not, patrons should not pay to attend the event. I don’t have a problem with others charging fees, but if the event is meant to encounter God for all the wonderful things He has done for us, then I think admission should be free,” he was quoted to have said.
It is recalled that Patience Nyarko asserted that there are lots of gospel musicians who wish to make their programs free for patrons but now everything involves money, the reason why such programs cannot be made free for patrons.
“I know every gospel musician wishes to organize free programs because you want people to benefit from it but now everything is money. Even the church to have your program charges you to pay something because they also pay for light, they won’t give you everything for free,” she said.
The ‘Obi Nyanime’ crooner also appealed to the men of God to give helping hands to gospel musicians who hold these programs in their churches.
“Personally, I think that if any gospel musician comes to your church and holds a worship program and you have the means to support them, please do it because when they receive such help, they can also organize free programs,” she stated.
Meanwhile, Rev. Abraham Lamptey has revealed that he was taken out of context. According to him, he did not call for free shows, rather, he said he would not charge people for attending his shows. He made this comment ahead of his annual event which he maintained was free of charge.